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Patriots, Wilfork say Good Bye

Vince Wilfork bids Good Bye to Boston. (Photo By: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Vince Wilfork bids Good Bye to Boston.
(Photo By: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Houston, we have a problem!

Vince Wilfork, longtime New England great, is heading to Houston after announcing he will sign with the Texans.

Wilfork has spent 11 seasons with the Patriots where he became a 2x Super Bowl Champion, 4x AFC Champion, and a 5x Pro Bowler.

He played in 158 games and made 516 tackles, 16 sacks, 4 FF, 12 FR, 3 interceptions for 48 yards, 25 passes defended, and 2 kicks blocked.

Wilfork made 47 tackles, 1 kick blocked, 1 interception for 1 yard, and 2 passes defended during the 2014 regular season. He tacked on 6 more tackles during the Patriots 3 playoff games.

His deal is for two years and worth $9 million with $5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Wilfork wrote a message about his new and former team on Facebook and Twitter.

 “This has been an interesting process for me and my family, one we have taken VERY seriously and given a lot of thoughtwe will be starting a new chapter in our lives as Houston Texans. We want to thank the Kraft family and the entire New England Patriots organization for the past 11 years. The coaching staff in Houston has made the new exciting transition feel like home to us. We will FOREVER be Patriots in our hearts. Thank you everyone for everything!”

He also continued on Twitter sending out a goodbye message to the Patriots and the fanbase.

“To win a Super Bowl my rookie year as a Pat and win another 1 my last year as a Patriot is such a blessing I couldn’t write a better ending. The Kraft family will always Be family from every son their wives &grandkids NFL brings people together real relationships keep them together. Thank you Bill for 11 years I have learned so much it’s been an amazing run you your kids Linda we are always family. My brothers on the field I love you all I wish you success & health changing teams will never change our bonds we are brothers forever. To all the fans this is the hardest choice I have ever had to make you guys are my back bone and you guys will always be my heart.”

Bill Belichick released a statement on Patriots.com about Vince Wilfork.

“Few players reached or will ever reach the special level of Vince Wilfork.  He is a great champion and one of the classiest people I have ever been around – just a kind, genuine and giving person who was all about our team, football, winning and bringing joy to others.  There may have never been anyone at his position with as much strength, toughness, intelligence, instinctiveness and athleticism.  He is the best defensive linemen I ever coached, an all-time great Patriot whose place on our team will be missed but whose remarkable career as a Patriot will be remembered forever.”

 

 

 

 


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